It’s Tuesday and I’m finally back and adjusted from my trip. Today’s review will detail my time in the beautiful town of Lagos, Portugal.
LAGOS! LAGOS! LAGOS! Oh how I love thee.
After an overnight in Lisbon, we took a bus to Lagos. We booked our bus ticket online with the Rede Express Bus company that services most all of Portugal. The roundtrip ticket was about $30 only because we waited so late to purchase. You can likely get the ticket for a lot less by purchasing at least 5 days in advance.
The bus ride from Lisbon to Lagos was about 3.75-4 hours. Luckily the bus had wifi so I was able to stay busy.
Once we arrived, we were met by our bed and breakfast host at the bus station. We stayed at Uptown Bed and Breakfast in Lagos. I found the place through booking.com.
It was a 3 level home with multiple rooms on each level. It was very clean and the location was convenient.
After getting settled in, we took our host up on his suggestion to try a local restaurant called Calhou. It was a cute little restaurant with traditional Portuguese décor. The suggestion was to try a local dish called Cataplana. It was an assortment of fresh local fish, prawns, potatoes, and veggies all cooked together in this dome shaped copper dish over a fire. The dish was served still boiling and almost like a stew. The fish was so fresh and the veggies and potatoes were cooked to perfection.
After dinner, we walked down to the center city to see what the night had in store. The Lagos center city was made up of long cobblestone alleys filled with shops, bars, and restaurants. Lagos was definitely a drinkers town, they had happy hour every night from 7-midnight.
After a few hours of taking in the sites and sounds, we headed back to our B&B for the night.
The next morning we had a light breakfast on the rooftop of the house with an amazing view.
The plan for the day, was to spend as much time near the water as we could. Our host told us about a fun boat tour that took you to see some of the water caves. We signed up for that as it was only 15 Euros.
The tour lasted about an hour and a half and we drove along the coast while going in and out of different caves along the way. From there we ate a quick lunch at the city center before heading to the actual beach. We wanted to rent scooters for the day, however all of the shops shut down for lunch from 1pm-3pm. UGH!
Instead, we took a taxi out to Praia do Camilo, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lagos.
After driving up a few hills and to the top of a cliff, we arrived at the entrance for the beach. As soon as I looked over the cliff, I was totally blown away. The beauty was out of this world. (And I have been fortunate to see some of the world’s most beautiful beaches in my travels)
We made the walk down the stairs onto the beach. It wasn’t a large beach but it was perfect in size. I laid out my towel and proceeded to enjoy the scenery.
After some much needed fun in the sun, we made the 25 minute walk back toward our B&B for showers and then dinner.
We decided on dinner in the city center this night. We stopped at a little outdoor restaurant and had spaghetti with prawns. It was decent. (Not the best thing I’ve had but decent) Since this was our last night in Lagos, we chose to look in the shops for any souvenirs that we may have wanted and then enjoy the Lagos Happy Hour crowd.
The next morning we had breakfast then headed back to the bus station to make the trek back to Lisbon.
All in all, Lagos is a small city with big heart. If you are ever in Portugal, this is worth the 4 hour ride from Lisbon. I honestly could have done another day or 2 in Lagos to see some of the other beaches or to even do a tour to see some other caves further out.
My time here was super short, but it gave me just what I came for…a BEAUTIFUL beach.
As always, thank you for reading. Happy Traveling! ✈️